Organizational Behavior

Course Number: BUSADMIN 3530
Course Name: Organizational Behavior (Online)
Course Description:    Organizations, in and of themselves, do not behave; the people within them do. This course will give students a comprehensive view of organizational theory and behavior by studying individual and group behaviors and how these interrelate with the organization's structure, systems and goals.
Prerequisites:    BUSADMIN 2330 or AGINDUS 1500
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online  (This course is also offered in print.)
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

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Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Analyze how individual and group behaviors act as building blocks to organizational behavior.
  • Analyze team behavior and its effect on productivity.
  • Articulate the importance of organizational behavior in the management of an organization.
  • Research and analyze aspects of organizational behavior.
  • Communicate and interact with team members.
  • Identify and apply organizational behavior concepts to scenarios and cases.

Unit Descriptions
Course Organization and Assignment Descriptions

Unit 1: Introduction to Organizational Behavior

As we begin the class, this first “mini-unit” will serve as an introduction to each other, to the online environment, and to organizational behavior.

As we begin our study of organizational behavior, we look first to the past. We will explore how the field of organizational behavior developed. In addition, we will develop an understanding of the functions and roles of managers so that we can better appreciate the impact of environmental forces on the organization.

Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Understand the origins and structure of organizational behavior (OB).
  • Know how the functions of management and the skills required of managers interact with the changes in the business environment.
  • Discuss how workforce diversity affects the role of the manager in the 21st century.

Unit 2: Individual Behavior in the Organization
Now we need to explore how individual behavior affects the organization. Individuals, of course, lay the groundwork for team and system behavior, so it is logical for us to begin here. Individuals are very complex beings and their behavior is not easily understood. One place to begin the process of understanding individual behavior is by understanding our own behaviors!

Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Understand the complexities of individual behavior in an organization.
  • Explain how motivation theories, company work polices, and reward systems work together to influence behaviors.
  • Discuss how job elements such as job design, goal setting, and organizational rewards lead to enhanced individual performance.

Unit 3: Group Behavior in the Organization
Now that we understand how individual behaviors influence the organization, we are ready to examine how a collection of people affect the functioning of an organization. We will find that when individual perspectives combine with organizational idiosyncrasies, analyzing behavior becomes very complicated!

Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Understand how to analyze a situation and apply good leadership skills that match the situation.
  • Describe the nature of conflict and identify and discuss the reactions to conflict.
  • Understand how to choose the appropriate team or group processes for a situation.
  • Outline the various types of decisions and discuss how individual and group behaviors affect the decision-making process.
  • Analyze the impact and effectiveness of all forms of communication on the organization

Unit 4: The Organization as a Structure
Our final unit focuses on the organization as a system. Behavior can be strongly influenced by the way in which a company is organized. Reporting relationships, levels of hierarchy, and formality of process all can influence how people and teams conduct themselves. As you work through this unit, consider how companies you are familiar with influence your work life.

Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Understand how organizational behavior is built on group and individual behaviors.
  • Understand how organizational culture influences individual and group behaviors.
  • Know and apply the concepts and tools that enhance overall organizational behavior.
  • Outline how organizational structure and design enhance coordination and change within the organization.

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Possible Points
Unit Exams (1 @ 50 pts, 3 @ 75 pts. each_ 275 points
Unit Written Activities (4 @ 50 pts. each) 200 points
Individual Lesson Assignments (13 @ 10 pts. each) 130 points
Unit Team Activities (4 @ 50 pts. each) 200 points
Team Evaluations ( 4 @ 25 pts. each) 100 points
Total: 905 points

Grading Scale

A 89% - 100%
B 80% - 88%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
F 0% - 59%